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  1. absolve

    grant remission of a sin to
  2. acrimony

    a rough and bitter manner
  3. amenable

    disposed or willing to comply
  4. banal

    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
  5. candor

    the quality of being honest and straightforward
  6. caricature

    a representation of a person exaggerated for comic effect
  7. circumspect

    careful to consider potential consequences and avoid risk
  8. coalesce

    fuse or cause to come together
  9. corroborate

    give evidence for
  10. congenial

    suitable to your needs
  11. curtail

    terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end
  12. dearth

    an insufficient quantity or number
  13. debilitate

    make weak
  14. decorous

    characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste
  15. decry

    express strong disapproval of
  16. deference

    courteous regard for people's feelings
  17. demean

    reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
  18. deplore

    express strong disapproval of
  19. derision

    the act of treating with contempt
  20. derivative

    a compound obtained from another compound
  21. didactic

    instructive, especially excessively
  22. diffident

    showing modest reserve
  23. discord

    lack of agreement or harmony
  24. disparage

    express a negative opinion of
  25. dissipate

    cause to separate and go in different directions
  26. docile

    easily handled or managed
  27. eclectic

    selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
  28. ephemeral

    anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day
  29. espouse

    choose and follow a theory, idea, policy, etc.
  30. exonerate

    pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
  31. fallacious

    containing or based on incorrect reasoning
  32. farce

    a comedy characterized by broad satire
  33. fastidious

    giving careful attention to detail
  34. fawning

    attempting to win favor by flattery
  35. flippant

    showing an inappropriate lack of seriousness
  36. garrulous

    full of trivial conversation
  37. frivolous

    not serious in content, attitude, or behavior
  38. gluttonous

    given to excess in consumption of especially food or drink
  39. hackneyed

    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
  40. iconoclastic

    characterized by attack on established beliefs
  41. immutable

    not subject or susceptible to change or variation
  42. incongruity

    the quality of disagreeing
  43. innate

    present at birth but not necessarily hereditary
  44. ingrate

    a person who shows no thankfulness or appreciation
  45. ingenuous

    lacking in sophistication or worldliness
  46. languid

    lacking spirit or liveliness
  47. larceny

    the act of taking something from someone unlawfully
  48. meek

    humble in spirit or manner
  49. mutability

    the quality of being capable of change
  50. nonchalance

    the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care
  51. outmoded

    no longer in fashion
  52. pedantic

    marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning
  53. perjury

    criminal offense of making false statements under oath
  54. pervasive

    spreading or spread throughout
  55. perpetual

    continuing forever or indefinitely
  56. petulant

    easily irritated or annoyed
  57. potency

    the power or right to give orders or make decisions
  58. premonition

    an early warning about a future event
  59. premise

    a statement that is held to be true
  60. presumptuous

    going beyond what is appropriate, permitted, or courteous
  61. prudent

    marked by sound judgment
  62. recluse

    one who lives in solitude
  63. refute

    overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
  64. relinquish

    turn away from; give up
  65. reprehensible

    bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure
  66. repudiate

    refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
  67. resolution

    a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
  68. reticent

    reluctant to draw attention to yourself
  69. reverent

    feeling or showing profound respect or veneration
  70. serenity

    the absence of mental stress or anxiety
  71. stratagem

    an elaborate or deceitful scheme to deceive or evade
  72. subdued

    restrained in style or quality
  73. subversive

    in opposition to an established system or government
  74. superfluous

    more than is needed, desired, or required
  75. taciturn

    habitually reserved and uncommunicative
  76. temper

    a characteristic state of feeling
  77. temperament

    your usual mood
  78. thwart

    hinder or prevent, as an effort, plan, or desire
  79. transcendent

    exceeding or surpassing usual limits
  80. trepidation

    a feeling of alarm or dread
  81. turbulence

    instability in the atmosphere
  82. urbane

    showing a high degree of refinement
  83. vacillate

    be undecided about something
  84. voracious

    devouring or craving food in great quantities
  85. wary

    marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
  86. absolve

    excuse or free from blame
  87. serenity

    the absence of mental stress or anxiety
Created on August 4, 2012
(updated August 4, 2012)

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